The Shino House by Kimura Matsumoto Architects is an open-air family home perched on the side of a mountain in Wakayama, Japan. Encased in glass walls, the home has a flexible layout that blurs the line between inside and out. Set on an idyllic landscape of rice paddies and vegetable fields, the Shino house allows its residents to enjoy the beauty of the land from anywhere inside the house.
The Shino House features plentiful glass walls and skylights, so artificial lighting is not needed during the day. From the sink or couch, the family can enjoy views of the mountainous landscape outside through the glass curtain walls. The living room and kitchen area occupy the center of the house, while the master bedroom and children’s room are sectioned off with book-case dividers.
The living areas are flexible thanks to movable cloth curtains that can section off areas or provide privacy as needed. In keeping with the open flow of the interior, the house has no interior doors, other than the bathroom. Interior walls do not extend to the ceiling, giving the feeling that the house is one big room or hall. On the whole, the home harmonizes with the land while providing a flexible living environment for the growing family.
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